The Kennel Club





Maltese




The sequence follows FCI breed standard.

DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE OFFICIAL VALID STANDARD

: September 2011

CLASSIFICATION

: Toy

GENERAL APPEARANCE

: Smart, white-coated dog, with proud head carriage.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS

: Lively, intelligent, alert.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

: Sweet-tempered.

HEAD

: The skull is gently rounded viewed from front and sides but never ‘domed’ or ‘appleheaded’. Stop well defined. Well filled under eye. Muzzle broad, not snipey. Slightly shorter from nose to stop than from stop to occiput. Nose black.

FACIAL REGION

:

Muzzle

: Jaws strong, with perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws. Teeth even.

Eyes

: Oval, not bulging, dark brown, black eye rims, with dark haloes.

Ears

: Long, well feathered, hanging close to head; hair to mingle with coat at shoulders.

NECK

: Medium length.

BODY

: Well balanced, essentially short and cobby. Good spring of rib, back level from withers to tail.

TAIL

: Feathered, carried well arched over back.

LIMBS

:

FOREQUARTERS

: Legs short and straight. Shoulders well sloped.

FEET

: Round, pads black.

HINDQUARTERS

: Legs short, well angulated.

GAIT / MOVEMENT

: Straight and free-flowing, without weaving. Viewed from behind, legs should neither be too close nor too wide apart.

COAT

:

HAIR

: Reasonable length, never impeding action, straight, of silky texture, never woolly. Never crimped and without woolly undercoat.

COLOUR

: Pure white, but slight lemon markings permissible.

SIZE

: Height not exceeding 25 cms (10 ins) from ground to withers.

FAULTS

: Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.